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Binghamton councilwoman accused of not living in her district

A Republican member of Binghamton City Council is accusing one of his Democratic colleagues of lying about where she lives.
Binghamton (WIVT) - A Republican member of Binghamton City Council is accusing one of his Democratic colleagues of lying about where she lives.

GOP Councilman John Matzo said a private eye report that was turned over to him provides evidence that northside councilwoman Lea Webb does not live in her district.

Lea Webb's official address is 17-2 Yager Street. But, when a former Binghamton cop with Eagle Eye Private Investigations said he couldn't find her as a witness to a criminal case he was working, he got suspicious of her true residency.

The P.I., Dennis Redner, said his investigation led him to Webb's sister's apartment on Vestal Ave. on the southside where he found Lea's name listed on the mailbox. As a "concerned citizen," he turned his info over to southside councilman John Matzo. Matzo said he spent many days considering what to do before deciding to release it to the Council and the media on Tuesday.

"I think this is the right thing to do, to inform her constituents that she is not living there. And the City of Binghamton, the residents. This is where we took off from, and it is the right thing to do," said John Matzo.

Redner said neighbors he interviewed told him they hadn't seen Webb in six months, and he said he discovered that her electric meter had been red flagged and turned off by NYSEG.

On Tuesday evening, at our request, Councilwoman Webb welcomed NewsChannel 34 into her apartment on Yager Street. We found the lights on, the home fully furnished and every indication that Webb does live there.

Today, Webb provided a letter from her landlord confirming that she lives on Yager Street. Webb says she works long hours and spends time with her ailing mother, so she hasn't seen much of her neighbors. And, she says she received some mail at her sister's address but does not live there.

Matzo remains unconvinced.

"Right now she's living there from what I'm told. So, it's possible things have been fixed. But where was she when the electric was turned off in the house? Where was she living? And I've got different proof that her electric was turned off," said Matzo.

Matzo said he has other evidence he plans to present at the next Council meeting on Tuesday evening.

Webb calls the accusations disgusting and said she's more interested in helping her constituents than engaging in petty politics.
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